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COVID-19 Live Updates | NC passes 3 million tests; Virginia nears 3,000 coronavirus deaths

You'll find important information about coronavirus cases as well as impacts that COVID-19 is having on life in Hampton Roads and in northeastern North Carolina.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

1:20 p.m.

Tuesday afternoon, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services posted its update along with a message, saying the newest data would probably be low:

On September 29, NCDHHS experienced technical issues which prevented some laboratory data files from being processed in the NC COVID reporting system. As a result, cases and test data are lower for today than they would have been had all data been processed. Data reported on September 30 will be higher as it will incorporate cases that were intended to be submitted on September 29. NCDHHS is working to resolve the issue. 

In its update, the health department added 763 PCR-confirmed cases, and 49 PCR-confirmed deaths. Their new dashboard also tracks confirmed cases by antigen test, but those tests indicate a person previously had the virus.

In North Carolina hospitals today, 950 coronavirus patients were seeking treatment.

The state has reported running more than 3.01 million tests since the pandemic started.

10:15 a.m.

Virginia's Department of Health added 817 confirmed cases and 14 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday morning.

The state has reported running more than 2.03 million coronavirus tests, which has allowed them to document 139,961 cases and 2,976 COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic reached Virginia in March.

Of those cases, about 10,900 people have been hospitalized for virus treatment so far.

This morning, hospitals were caring for 598 patients with confirmed cases, and 360 patients with possible cases. 

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 43
  • Norfolk -- 30
  • Chesapeake -- 18
  • Suffolk -- 10
  • Hampton -- 10
  • Newport News -- 9
  • Isle of Wight County -- 8
  • Portsmouth -- 6
  • James City County -- 4
  • York County -- 3
  • Gloucester County -- 2
  • Williamsburg -- 1
  • Mathews County -- 1
  • Poquoson -- 0

Monday, Sept. 28

12:30 p.m.

Monday, North Carolina's health department started breaking down positive cases and coronavirus deaths in a new way.

Before this week, they reported "positive cases," and now, the health department has broken down the numbers to "cases determined to be positive by PCR tests" (the nasal swab) and "cases determined to be positive by antigen tests" (blood tests that search for evidence of a previous infection).

By those standards, North Carolina has reached 203,568 positive PCR cases, and 4,680 positive antigen cases.

The state has also reported 3,418 deaths related to coronavirus by PCR tests, and 27 deaths related to coronavirus by antigen tests.

The number of total tests health officials have processed, when accounting for both antigen and PCR, is over 2.9 million.

There were 897 people seeking coronavirus treatment in state hospitals today, and 314 patients in those healthcare facilities with suspected cases.

10:40 a.m.

Monday morning, the Virginia Department of Health reported an additional 410 confirmed cases and 11 COVID-19 deaths.

That makes for a total of 139,144 cases and 2,962 deaths, since the pandemic started.

By this morning, healthcare professionals in Virginia had run more than 2.02 million tests to detect cases of the virus. About 10,800 people had been hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment.

In hospitals this morning, there were 602 patients with confirmed cases. The VHHA reported 288 other patients waiting on the results of their PCR tests.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 32
  • Chesapeake -- 16
  • Norfolk -- 16
  • Newport News -- 11
  • Hampton -- 8
  • Isle of Wight County -- 3
  • Gloucester County -- 3
  • Portsmouth -- 2
  • Suffolk -- 2
  • James City County -- 1
  • York County -- 1
  • Williamsburg -- 1
  • Poquoson -- 1
  • Mathews County -- 0

Sunday, Sept. 27

3:26 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services added 1,290 cases to its running count on Sunday.

The total count since the pandemic began is at 207,380 cases and 3,441 deaths related to COVID-19.

There were 917 patients seeking treatment for positive cases. 

Healthcare workers in the state have processed more than 2.97 million tests to detect cases among North Carolinians, so far.

11 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported on Sunday 138,734 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic. VDH also reported 2,951 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.

The state added 561 confirmed cases and 14 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19. (13News Now only reports confirmed cases. VDH's total count includes probable and confirmed cases.) 

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 17
  • Suffolk -- 2
  • Norfolk -- 2
  • Newport News -- 12
  • Chesapeake -- 3
  • Portsmouth -- 4
  • Mathews County -- 2
  • Isle of Wight County -- 6
  • Hampton -- 10
  • James City County -- 3
  • Gloucester County -- 2
  • York County -- 1
  • Williamsburg -- 3
  • Poquoson -- 0

Saturday, Sept. 26

10:45 a.m.

The state reported on Saturday 138,173 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The state also reported 2,937 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.

The state added 890 confirmed cases and 7 confirmed deaths overnight. (13News Now only reports confirmed cases. VDH's total count includes probable and confirmed cases.)

Health officials in the commonwealth have run almost 2 million tests to detect active cases of the virus.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 33
  • Suffolk -- 7
  • Norfolk -- 22
  • Newport News -- 6
  • Chesapeake -- 25
  • Portsmouth -- 8
  • Mathews County -- 23
  • Isle of Wight County -- 10
  • Hampton -- 6
  • James City County -- 6
  • Gloucester County -- 7
  • York County -- 3
  • Williamsburg -- 1
  • Poquoson -- 0

Friday, Sept. 25

2:19 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health added 1,693 cases and 53 deaths to its running coronavirus count on Friday.

The totals are at 204,331 confirmed cases, and 3,409 deaths related to COVID-19, since the pandemic started.

Today, in North Carolina hospitals, there were 903 patients seeking treatment for positive cases. 

Healthcare workers in the state have processed more than 2.9 million tests to detect cases among North Carolinians, so far.

10:30 a.m.

Friday morning, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that he and his wife had tested positive for coronavirus.

The state has reported 137,283 cases since the beginning of March, and 2,930 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Of those totals, 795 cases and 23 deaths were reported overnight.

Health officials in the commonwealth have run more than 1.97 million tests to detect active cases of the virus.

There were 348 people waiting on test results in Virginia hospitals this morning. Also in hospitals, 617 patients had confirmed cases of the virus.

More than 10,700 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in Virginia this year.

Virginia also added one case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, bringing Virginia's MIS-C case count to 9. Most of the affected children live in Northern Virginia.

Suffolk reported a rate of 38.4 cases per every 100,000 residents, which is higher than the state's overall rate of 11 cases per every 100,000 residents. Most of the area met that rate, or was lower.

Mathews County also had a very high rate, because they reported 7 cases in an area with relatively few residents.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 42
  • Suffolk -- 35
  • Norfolk -- 19
  • Newport News -- 11
  • Chesapeake -- 9
  • Portsmouth -- 8
  • Mathews County -- 7
  • Isle of Wight County -- 5
  • Hampton -- 3
  • James City County -- 3
  • Gloucester County -- 1
  • York County -- 0
  • Williamsburg -- -1
  • Poquoson -- -1

Thursday, Sept. 24

3 p.m.

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health added 1,688 cases and 40 deaths to its running coronavirus count.

The totals are at 198,189 confirmed cases, and 3,356 deaths related to COVID-19, since the pandemic started.

Today, in North Carolina hospitals, there were 902 patients seeking treatment for positive cases. 

Healthcare workers in the state have processed more than 2.87 million tests to detect cases among North Carolinans so far.

1 p.m.

Today, in Virginia, the average number of cases reported per 100,000 people was 10.6.

Isle of Wight reported a rate of 24.4 cases for every 100,000 people, and Suffolk reported a rate of 13.2 cases for every 100,000 people, but most of Hampton Roads came in under the state average.

The state added 862 confirmed cases to its total count, and 25 COVID-19 deaths.

The count now stands at 136,488 cases and 2,907 deaths attributed to the virus since March.

In Virginia hospitals, there were 624 patients with confirmed cases seeking treatment today. There were 358 patients in hospitals who were waiting on the results of coronavirus tests.

Healthcare workers in the state have run more than 1.95 million PCR tests to detect active cases of the virus since the pandemic started.

The state is still working to post a backlog of COVID-19 deaths.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 45
  • Chesapeake -- 21
  • Norfolk -- 16
  • Suffolk -- 12
  • Isle of Wight County -- 9
  • Hampton -- 7
  • Portsmouth -- 5
  • Newport News -- 4
  • York County -- 4
  • Gloucester County -- 4
  • Williamsburg -- 1
  • James City County -- 1
  • Mathews County -- 1
  • Poquoson -- 0

12:45 p.m.

13News Now recognized a math error in reporting coronavirus numbers for Sunday, September 20 and Monday, September 21. We have gone back and corrected those entries to show correct numbers.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

1:40 p.m.

Today, the North Carolina health department reached a count of 196,501 confirmed cases and 3,316 COVID-19 deaths.

Not all of the cases are still considered active or contagious, but the state health department doesn't track recoveries.

Today, 952 cases and 30 deaths were newly reported.

More than 2.84 million PCR tests have been processed in the state since the pandemic began.

Today, 912 people were being treated for coronavirus cases in state hospitals.

10:35 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 525 newly confirmed cases and 29 COVID-19 deaths overnight.

Since March, the health department has counted 135,626 confirmed cases and 2,882 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

To find those cases, healthcare workers have run more than 1.92 million PCR tests.

In Virginia's hospitals today, there were 618 patients who needed care for positive cases of coronavirus. There were also 298 patients waiting on coronavirus test results in these facilities.

Wednesday's locality-specific case data would not load on the dashboard/

Tuesday, Sept. 22

2:11 p.m.

This afternoon, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services dashboard reflected 195,549 confirmed cases and 3,286 deaths so far for the state.

Not all of those are still active, but the health department does not report coronavirus recovery data.

The update means 1,168 cases and 39 deaths were reported since Monday.

In terms of testing, the state has processed more than 2.82 million PCR examinations. 

There were 905 people in North Carolina hospitals today, seeking treatment for confirmed cases.

10:30 a.m.

Virginia's health department added 800 cases and 37 deaths to its coronavirus count Tuesday morning.

That means for the first day of fall, the commonwealth's cases had reached 135,101 confirmed infections and 2,853 COVID-19 deaths. The first detected case for Virginia was confirmed in March.

Healthcare workers have been battling the virus here for more than six months. They've run more than 1.91 million coronavirus tests, and treated more than 10,500 hospital patients who checked in with the virus.

Today, there were 632 confirmed coronavirus patients in Virginia hospitals, and 308 people who were in hospitals while they waited on test results. 

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Norfolk -- 19
  • Virginia Beach -- 18
  • Suffolk -- 11
  • Newport News -- 9
  • Chesapeake -- 8
  • Hampton -- 7
  • Portsmouth -- 4
  • James City County -- 3
  • Mathews County -- 2
  • Isle of Wight County -- 2
  • York County -- 2
  • Williamsburg -- 1
  • Gloucester County -- 0
  • Poquoson -- -1

Monday, Sept. 21

2 p.m.

This afternoon, North Carolina added 800 cases and four deaths to its official state coronavirus dashboard.

That makes 194,381 cases and 3,247 COVID-19 deaths confirmed since the outbreak reached the state. Not all of those cases are still considered active.

There were 885 patients hospitalized in medical centers Monday morning.

Health officials have processed more than 2.81 million coronavirus tests in North Carolina.

10:30 a.m.

Monday morning, the Virginia Department of Health added 579 cases and five deaths to its coroanvirus case-count. Today is the last day the VDH predicted COVID-19 death reports would be affected by a data backlog.

There have been 134,301 confirmed cases and 2,816 deaths attributed to the virus in Virginia so far.

Health officials have run more than 1.89 million tests to detect active cases since March.

In hospitals today, there were 652 patients being treated for confirmed cases, and 343 other patients waiting on coronavirus test results.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Chesapeake -- 14
  • Virginia Beach -- 12
  • Newport News -- 7
  • Isle of Wight County -- 5
  • York County -- 4
  • Suffolk -- 4
  • Portsmouth -- 3
  • James City County -- 3
  • Hampton -- 2
  • Norfolk -- 0
  • Williamsburg -- 0
  • Mathews County -- 0
  • Poquoson -- 0
  • Gloucester County -- 0

Sunday, Sept. 20

3:55 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services added 1,333 new cases and 8 deaths related to COVID-19 on Sunday.

The total number of cases since the pandemic began is at 193,581 and 3,243 deaths related to COVID-19.

Health officials have run more than 2.8 million tests since the beginning of March.

10 a.m.

Virginia Department of Health added 756 confirmed cases to its daily count on Sunday morning. The new cases represent the number of confirmed cases reported to VDH in the past 24 hours.

The total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began is at 133,722 and 2,811 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.

State Health officials say: VDH is working diligently to identify COVID-19 related deaths through vital record death certificate information. A backlog of death data is expected to be added from September 15 through September 21. 

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 24
  • Newport News -- 16
  • Chesapeake -- 14
  • Norfolk -- 22
  • Isle of Wight County -- 2
  • Mathews County -- 2
  • Hampton -- 12
  • York County -- 5
  • Portsmouth -- 4
  • James City County -- 4
  • Williamsburg -- 3
  • Suffolk -- 4
  • Poquoson -- 0
  • Gloucester County -- 2

Saturday, Sept. 19

4:30 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services added 1,229 new cases and 28 deaths related to COVID-19 on Saturday.

The total number of cases since the pandemic began is at 192,248 and 3,235 deaths related to COVID-19.

Health officials have run more than 2.77 million tests since the beginning of March.

10 a.m.

Virginia Department of Health added nearly 900 new cases to its daily count on Saturday morning. The new cases represent the number of probable and confirmed cases reported to VDH in the past 24 hours.

The total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began is at 132,966 and 2,787 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.

Health officials have run more than 1.86 million PCR tests since the beginning of the pandemic.

State Health officials say: VDH is working diligently to identify COVID-19 related deaths through vital record death certificate information. A backlog of death data is expected to be added from September 15 through September 21. 

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 24
  • Newport News -- 20
  • Chesapeake -- 15
  • Norfolk -- 2
  • Isle of Wight County -- 7
  • Mathews County -- 0
  • Hampton -- 7
  • York County -- 3
  • Portsmouth -- 18
  • James City County -- 6
  • Williamsburg -- 2
  • Suffolk -- 4
  • Poquoson -- 0
  • Gloucester County -- 1

Friday, Sept. 18

2 p.m.


The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services added 1,443 new cases on Friday.

The total number of cases since the pandemic began is at 191,019 and 3,207 deaths related to COVID-19.

Health officials have run more than 2.74 million tests since the beginning of March.

In state hospitals, 904 people were seeking treatment for coronavirus today. 

9:30 a.m.

State health officials say an existing data backlog is still affecting the death data:

Regarding the death data for Wednesday, September 16, 2020, there is an existing data backlog.  VDH is working diligently to identify COVID-19 related deaths using vital record death certificate information.

Nearly 1,200 new cases were added to Virginia's overall COVID-19 case count on Friday. The exact number of those new cases: 1,242.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 43
  • Newport News -- 9
  • Chesapeake -- 28
  • Norfolk -- 14
  • Isle of Wight County -- 5
  • Mathews County -- 0
  • Hampton -- 13
  • York County -- 6
  • Portsmouth -- 61
  • James City County -- 6
  • Williamsburg -- 0
  • Suffolk -- 8
  • Poquoson -- 0
  • Gloucester County -- -1